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Lily Tomlin (born Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939) is a Tony- and Emmy
Award-winning American actress, comedian, writer and producer.
Lily Tomlin is noted for her versatility as she fluidly moves through various characters in her television, film, stage and voice-over work. Some of the more well known film work includes appearances in A Prairie Home Companion, I Heart Huckabees and Tea with Mussolini. Her television career has included roles in The West Wing, Murphy Brown and Will & Grace. See this classic comedian live and order your Lily Tomlin Tickets online today!
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Lily Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan. She is the daughter of Guy Tomlin, a factory worker, and Lillie Mae, a housewife who moved to Detroit from Paducah, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Lily Tomlin attended Wayne State University, where her interest in the theatre and performing arts began. After college, she began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and later, in New York City. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.
In 1969, Lily Tomlin joined the sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Her characters from the show have been associated with her throughout her career, including the gum-chewing, wisecracking, snorting telephone operator Ernestine and the bratty five-year-old Edith Ann, rocking in her oversized rocking chair and making rude noises.
In Robert Altman's film Nashville, Lily Tomlin played Linnea Reese, a strait-laced, gospel-singing mother of two deaf children who has an affair with a country singer played by Keith Carradine. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role. She also played secretary Violet Newstead in Nine to Five, starred in the 1981 comedy film The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and was a sickly heiress in the Steve Martin comedy All of Me. She and Bette Midler played two pairs of identical twins who were switched at birth in the 1989 comedy Big Business, set at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Lily Tomlin also played chain-smoking waitress Doreen Piggott in Altman's 1993 ensemble film Short Cuts, and, in two films by director David O'Russell, she appeared as a peacenik and Raku artist in Flirting with Disaster and later, as an existential detective in I Heart Huckabees.
Lily Tomlin voiced the Ms. Frizzle character on the animated television series The Magic School Bus from 1994 to 1998. Also, in the 1990s, she appeared on the popular sitcom Murphy Brown. In 2005 and 2006, she had a recurring role as Will Truman's boss Margot on Will & Grace. Between 2002 and the series' end in 2006, Lily Tomlin played Presidential secretary Deborah Fiderer on The West Wing.
Lily Tomlin starred in the hit 1985 one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her long-time life partner, Jane Wagner. The show won her a Tony Award, and was made into a feature film in 1991. Lily Tomlin revived the show for a brief run in 2000. In 1989 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.